September 25, 2013 |
UNITED NATIONS - The United States on Wednesday signed a treaty that seeks to regulate the international trade in conventional arms, but ratification in the Senate remains uncertain because of the strong resistance of gun rights advocates. Secretary of State John F. Kerry signed the Arms Trade Treaty in a ceremony at the United Nations, insisting that it would have no effect on Americans' ability to buy weapons and little effect on overseas sales because of U.S. export controls that are already in place.
September 25, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - When the Dodgers won the National League West title last week, Hanley Ramirez and Ricky Nolasco shared a champagne-soaked embrace. "Finally," Ramirez told Nolasco. "We're going to the playoffs. " Ramirez and Nolasco's previous seasons together all ended in disappointment. For six-plus years, they were teammates on the Marlins, who were crippled season after season by frugal owner Jeffrey Loria. BOX SCORE: San Francisco 6, Dodgers 4 Ramirez earned his escape from baseball purgatory last year, when the Marlins dumped his salary on the Dodgers.
September 16, 2013 |
When it comes to entertaining and bombastic interviews, no one in the NFL tops Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. The former Stanford standout had a big game in Seattle's 29-3 thrashing of San Francisco on Sunday night, intercepting a pass and limiting receiver Anquan Boldin to one catch for seven yards. Afterward, Sherman was interviewed on the field by NBC's Michele Tafoya and stated his opinion about the people who doubt where the center of power lies in the NFC West.
September 15, 2013 |
Would you be willing to share with your employer how much you eat, drink, smoke or exercise? And would you be willing to make lifestyle changes in return for a break on the cost of your health insurance? The University of Minnesota offered such discounts to its workers. Actions such as completing a health questionnaire, biking to campus or setting personal fitness goals earned insurance discounts beginning at $300. Nearly 6,000 employees accepted the bargain. But do such programs have the intended effect of healthier employees and lower healthcare costs?
September 13, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - The essence of Saturday night's big fight has been lost in numbers and hyperbole. That essence is as follows: For the last 15 years or so, boxing fans have seen Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his act. Now, they think they have a chance to see Mayweather flat on his back. He has taken the art of brash arrogance to new heights. People don't mind seeing greatness. They just don't want to be told that they are seeing it, especially by the person they are seeing in the ring.
September 13, 2013 |
Question: As a board director I began questioning the actions of our association attorney and his law firm several years ago after expenditures to the firm were so outrageous and decisions so bad by its lawyers they culminated in our spending more on attorneys fees than the case was worth or settled for. Most owners just wanted the board to apologize, but our lawyers wanted lawsuits. Other owners were involuntarily sucked into our association's litigation vortex. They were innocent victims subjected to the firm's moneymaking machine, and allegations against owners were so outrageous most are unprintable outside of a lawsuit as they would constitute libel.
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September 6, 2013 |
Rochus Misch never expressed regret over his wartime service or doubts about the man he and his comrades called "the boss. " Misch was Adolf Hitler's bodyguard, messenger and telephone operator. He had tea and cookies with Hitler's sister in Vienna. He delivered a congratulatory bouquet from Hitler to a young musician who had just announced his engagement. He was in the next room of the infamous Berlin bunker when Hitler and Eva Braun, the longtime mistress who two days earlier had become the Nazi leader's wife, killed themselves on April 30, 1945.
August 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The brutal military crackdown on civilian protesters in Egypt has damaged President Obama's already battered prestige and credibility in the Middle East, analysts say, but the deepening crisis isn't likely to threaten America's core security interests in one of the world's most volatile regions. Egypt's powerful military leadership may be offended by Obama's decision Thursday to cancel a biennial joint military training exercise that was scheduled to start next month to show his displeasure with the rising death toll, arbitrary arrests and virtual martial law. But the generals who toppled the democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, on July 3 are not likely to suspend crucial counter-terrorism cooperation with Washington, halt oil tankers and other commercial shipping in the Suez Canal, or jettison the peace treaty with Israel that has formed a cornerstone of regional peace for three decades.
July 31, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Zimbabweans lined up for hours to vote Wednesday in an election that international critics say has no hope of being free or fair. President Robert Mugabe, the country's only leader in its 33-year history since independence from Britain, dismissed fears the country could once again be headed for a disputed result. “I'm sure that people will vote freely and fairly. There's no pressure being exerted on anyone," the 89-year-old Mugabe told reporters after casting his vote.
July 31, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Zimbabweans voted Wednesday in an election that international critics say has no hope of being free or fair. President Robert Mugabe, the country's only leader in its 33-year history since independence from Britain, dismissed the fear that the country could once again be headed for a disputed result. "I'm sure that people will vote freely and fairly. There's no pressure being exerted on anyone," the 89-year-old Mugabe told reporters after casting his vote.